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HiTech AlkCarb SIGNED

New geomodels to explore deeper for High-Technology critical raw materials in Alkaline rocks and Carbonatites

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tech    industry    materials    exploration    expertise    geophysics    raw    critical    alkaline    found    rocks    world    give    hi    deposits    carbonatite   

Project "HiTech AlkCarb" data sheet

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Coordinator
THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER 

Organization address
address: THE QUEEN S DRIVE NORTHCOTE HOUSE
city: EXETER
postcode: EX4 4QJ
website: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Total cost 5˙395˙296 €
 EC max contribution 5˙395˙296 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.3.5.3. (Ensuring the sustainable supply of non-energy and non-agricultural raw materials)
 Code Call H2020-SC5-2015-one-stage
 Funding Scheme /RIA
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-02-01   to  2020-01-31

 Partnership

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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER UK (EXETER) coordinator 1˙562˙336.00
2    TERRATEC GEOPHYSICAL SERVICES GMBH & CO KG DE (HEITERSHEIM) participant 1˙010˙000.00
3    Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland DK (KOBENHAVN K) participant 469˙350.00
4    EBERHARD KARLS UNIVERSITAET TUEBINGEN DE (TUEBINGEN) participant 382˙006.00
5    NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL UK (SWINDON WILTSHIRE) participant 367˙487.00
6    THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS UK (ST ANDREWS) participant 367˙135.00
7    MENDELOVA UNIVERZITA V BRNE CZ (BRNO SEVER) participant 330˙375.00
8    UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI GABRIELE D'ANNUNZIO DI CHIETI-PESCARA IT (CHIETI) participant 289˙312.00
9    GEO-AFRICA PROSPECTING SERVICES CC NA (WINDHOEK) participant 237˙010.00
10    LANCASTER EXPLORATION LIMITED VG (ROAD TOWN, TORTOLA) participant 150˙392.00
11    NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM UK (LONDON) participant 138˙625.00
12    A. SPEISER-ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANTS CC NA (WINDHOEK) participant 91˙266.00

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 Project objective

Five of the 20 raw materials identified by the European Commission as critical are commonly found in association with alkaline rocks and carbonatites (heavy and light rare earth elements, niobium, fluorspar, and phosphate). Other elements increasingly important for ‘hi-tech’ applications, and found in these rocks include hafnium (Hf), tantalum (Ta), scandium (Sc) and zirconium (Zr). In fact, there is a greater chance of a carbonatite complex having resources economic to mine than any other rock type (about 20 active mines in ca. 500 known carbonatite complexes).

Less than 3% of critical raw materials supply is indigenous to the EU. However, deposits are known and exploration is ongoing in parts of northern Europe. In central and southern Europe the presence of abundant alkaline volcanic rocks indicates the likelihood that deposits exist within about a km of the surface. This project will make a step-change in exploration models for alkaline and carbonatite provinces, using mineralogy, petrology, and geochemistry, and state-of-the-art interpretation of high resolution geophysics and downhole measurement tools, to make robust predictions about mineral prospectivity at depth. This will be achieved through studies at seven key natural laboratories, combined with Expert Council workshops. The results will be incorporated into new geomodels on multiple scales.

In contrast to known deposits, Europe is well endowed with expertise. The project brings together industry partners involved in exploration, geophysics and environmental assessment with two geological surveys, a major museum and five universities. The results will make Europe the world leader in this specialist area. They will give the four SME industry partners world-leading expertise to develop and expand their businesses, transferring their business expertise from Africa to Europe. The project will help give European ‘hi-tech’ industry the confidence to innovate in manufacturing using critical raw materials.

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